Secret-agents don’t get by on looks and charm alone. He understands an arch villain and his henchmen are less likely to spot his tuxedo’s button cam if he’s walking around with Bridget Bardot on his arm, or driving a vintage Aston Martin roadster.
You may not have a Bardot or an Aston at your disposal. But a button cam? Well within your budget.
So are the other items on this list of goods that any real-world Jason Bourne or Lorraine Broughton would undoubtedly put to good use. Most are more flash then function. But an adept secret-agent knows style and panache are often the best weapons.
GERBER IMPROMPTU TACTICAL PEN
It looks like it was carved out of whatever they use to make Glocks. And this matte-black bad boy will make your mark in rain, sleet, snow, or anything else Mother Nature throws your way. It also includes a special “glass-breaker” tip in case of … well, it doesn’t matter. It’s badass.
ITALIAN PEWTER ROCKS GLASSES
Smart men know—or eventually learn—that it’s the little luxuries that make life pleasurable. Whether you’re sipping a Manhattan or three fingers of ice-cold Stoli, your drink will taste better in one of these handsome lead-free tumblers. (Or, if you’re a shaken-not-stirred kind of guy, consider a set of these hand-blown crystal martini glasses.)
A SAFE CONCEALED IN AN OUTLET
Is this small, key-guarded safe-disguised-as-a-wall-outlet ridiculous? Sure. Ridiculously effective.
BELLERBY & CO. DESK GLOBE
It’s tough to globetrot when your knowledge of the globe stops at North America’s borders. This hand-made, heirloom-quality English desk globe is as sharp as it is educational. (But this $19 alternative will also do nicely.)
MERKUR HEAVY DUTY SAFETY RAZOR
Think Roger Moore shaved with a fucking plastic disposable? You shouldn’t either. If you’re not familiar with double-edge safety razors, get acquainted by reading this. Using one takes a little practice, but it’ll save you money and look damn good next to your sink or in your medicine cabinet.
THE RIDGE CARBON FIBER WALLET
Not only is this slim card-holder’s carbon fiber construction extremely durable, but it blocks wireless RFID chip readers—a favorite new tool of scammers trying to snag your CC info. The money clip is detachable for those times when you’d rather carry cards but not cash.
SCULLY AND SCULLY BRASS DESK CANNON
Even spies have to deal with paperwork. And at your office, your desk is your battlefield. Point this at the chair opposite yours to let whoever occupies it know, in a playful but direct way, that they’re squarely in your line of fire.
While later 007s slid on Omegas, Sean Connery wore a Rolex Submariner—sans date window—in the first Bond film. His creator, author Ian Fleming, was also open about his affection for Rolexes. It’s a watch for life—and for your son’s life.
If you’re looking for something more tactical and less expensive—but equally bold—the GPS-enabled Kailash Carbon from Suunto is your watch.
THE JAMES BRAND CHAPTER KNIFE
Whether you’re slicing open packages or sawing through the rope that’s binding your wrists, this no-frills, Portland-made knife is everything you need and nothing you don’t.
VUARNET GLACIER 1957 LIMITED EDITION SUNGLASSES
For water or winter sports—sailing, for example, or skiing away from a phalanx of mercenaries in the French alps—you need another layer of glare protection. That’s where the side shields on these vintage-inspired Vuarnet shades come in handy. Once you’ve escaped peril and slipped into your tux, detach the side flaps for a cleaner, evening-wear appropriate look. (Vermont-based Julbo makes a rugged, less-pricey alternative.)
LIFEPROOF NÜÜD PHONE CASE
Somehow, this case manages to be meet military standards for drops and shocks while offering protection from splashes … all without placing any barrier between your phone’s screen and your fingers.
MOORE & GILES LEATHER
Unless he was in deep cover as a bike mechanic, no self-respecting spy would carry a messenger bag. This trim portfolio is just roomy enough to hold your laptop and important papers, and doesn’t make a big to-do about it.